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Mombasa Road | Box 17871, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
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African Heritage House
Ranked #2 of 154 Nairobi B&B and Inns
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
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Esbjerg, Denmark
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stayed at the African Heritage House, at the end of our trip to Kenya. We wish we had more time, so we could stay a bit longer in this unique and beautiful house. We enjoyed the company of Alan Donovan, the owner, for a drink after dinner. He is a very interesting acquaintance.

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Carlsbad, California
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98 reviews 98 reviews
34 hotel reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Alan Donovan, owner, host, and internationally famous promoter of African arts and their preservation and appreciation, has built a guesthouse / museum / destination beyond any experience we have had. His home houses a priceless collection of traditional and contemporary art from around the continent, about which, Alan is the acknowledged expert and guide. His expertise as an interior designer,... More

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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 hotel reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My mother and I visited the African Heritage House after we read an article describing it as the "most photographed house in Africa" - and we can see why! The architecture of the house itself is based on a Mali mud fort. It stands on a hill overlooking the Nairobi National Park and offers incredible views from each of its... More

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San Salvador Department, El Salvador
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 hotel reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

After years living in the area I had never heard of this place. We went for a day visit of the museum and not to stay. The house is beautiful in construction and the pieces very extensive. The owner is not that much a tour guide and mu h mire could be learned if more was shared. Nevertheless worth the... More

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 hotel reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

An amazing place to stay. Alan has built this up over 20+ years, and it is packed, top to bottom and in every bedroom, with arts, crafts and antiquities from all over Africa. Every room is different, and all are immensely stylish. It has featured in magazines worldwide, and for a good reason. Whilst not budget priced, by Nairobi standards... More

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

The stay at African Heritage is without doubt one of our best memories from 2013! My sister and I arrived late at night and everything was darker than dark – so when Zak knocked on the door and served hot coffee I was knocked out by the interior, the morning light and view over Nairobi National Park. Magnificent. Two Australian... More

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Melbourne, Australia
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

We picked this house in which to stay because of its location (near the airport) and because it looked interesting, and because we needed somewhere to stay before and after our safari. From the time that Gideon (a private taxi operator, but one that Alan Donovan uses and recommends) met us at the airport to the time we left nearly... More

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Loughrea, Ireland
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45 reviews 45 reviews
30 hotel reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2013

We stayed here on our last night in Kenya so that we could be close to the airport for a next day flight. It truly is a unique place to stay and hard to believe that you are staying so close to the city! The views overlooking Nairobi National Park are terrific with a clear view of the infamous 4... More

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Saint Simons Island, Georgia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
7 hotel reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2013

We were so fortunate to be booked into this guest house since it is convenient to Tambo Airport. The term 'guest house' doesn't begin to describe the museum that Alan Donovan has made his home into! Original sculpture, tribal art and costumes, jewelry, musical instruments and furniture abound in each room of the incredible home on a beautiful setting overlooking... More

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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 hotel reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

A trip to the African Heritage house is definitely very informative and it is quite interesting to listen to Alan Donovan speak about his adventures and expeditions all over this lovely continent. I however would recommend a day or afternoon trip as opposed to spending the night there. The rooms are cold and dark with tiny beds. I kept waking... More

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Address: Mombasa Road | Box 17871, Nairobi 00100, Kenya
Location: Kenya > Nairobi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$

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The African Heritage House overlooking the Nairobi National Parkis described by the prestigious Architectural Digest as " a vision of usefulness informed by the African genius for decoration" Designed by American Alan Donovan, the house is a combination of architectural styles from across the continent. Tours of the house interior reveal the beauty of Africa's art and crafts. ... more   less 
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